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“June 2012 George and Evelyn”
Review of Emerald Hotel

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Emerald Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kremasti
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Fantastic Apartments with absolutely fantastic staff,nothing was to much trouble for these extremely friendly people.
The rooms were really clean with fresh towels every day serviced by an efficient squad of cleaners who respected our privacy.
The bar staff went out their way to ensure every guest had personal attention and the smile from Dominic when he seen you made you feel very welcome where as Cristos was an artist at making cocktails with George always on hand with a happy cheery personality more than happy to provide anything you need. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced.
The local bus service was frequent with buses to and from Rhodes every fiften minutes priced at 2.2 Euros each way with direct service to the Airport and the Butterfly valley,which was well worth the visit but be careful of return trip as last bus back is at 15:00.
I would recomend hiring a quad bike for some independant travel and visiting the cross and monestery which can be seen from the hotel the views are amazing and the peacocks roam freely.
A visit to Rhodes old town is a must, a truly amazing place with a maze of narrow cobbled streets with tavernas dotted throughout and an huge array of shops.
I would have no hesitation in using this hotel again

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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Lovely hotel brilliant value for money. The staff were lovely and bedrooms were very clean and tidy. The food was amazing in particular the salads were to die for and also so are the cocktails! Although it is right on t he flight path and it is very noisy all night and all day!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Summer187069
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We stayed a week in the Emerald. We hired a car for the week (booked in advance to pick up and drop off at the airport) as we routinely do on holiday, and organised all our own excursions independently, and we like to tour rather than sunbathe or swim, so I write from that perspective.
On arrival at the hotel we received a very warm welcome, an explanation of the services the hotel offered and a price list. The apartment was spotless. We were in a ground floor apartment. In the main room there was the kitchenette, pretty standard Greek island self-catering equipment, a double electric hob (one large and one small ring), a kettle and toaster, two or three plates. bowls and cups, a couple of pans - enough to make a snack if you were so inclined, certainly enough for cereal and toast for a bit of breakfast.
Also in the main room was a table and chairs, along with two easy chairs and a set of bunk beds. There is a TV, which has BBC World Service along with the Greek channels. Sliding doors lead out to a small balcony with a couple of chairs and a table - ours faced the apartment opposite and got no sun, but was a pleasant place to sit with a drink and a book before our meal when we'd come back from a day out.
The bathroom actually included a bath along with a decent shower - I always got hot water, but my wife missed out a couple of times - always possible with solar heated water and lots of people using it.
The bedroom had air conditioning (€45 a week) and twin beds. The bedding was changed every day, and the towels in the bathroom (two bath towels, two hand towels and a bath mat provided) I think every other day - certainly 3 times in the week. There were spare pillows and blankets (blankets!) on top of the wardrobe. The beds were fairly firm, but not hard - we were comfortable.
We didn't try breakfast in the hotel, but we did eat there in the evening three times. The staff were all very friendly and always seemed genuinely pleased to see us, and to serve us. The menu was more extensive than I would associate with a hotel of this type - a good variety of the usual kinds of grills, pastas, pizzas, burgers and curries as well as a selection of Greek dishes such as souvlaki, stifado, mousaka along with starters such as taramasalata - the normal range for a Greek taverna. The food was tasty and the portions generous, and prices (we went self-catering) were competitive with other tavernas on the island. We were eating a la carte - whether you get the same choice with half-board I couldn't say.
The reception area has a variety of English books you can borrow, a lounge area with sofas (mainly used by people waiting for their coach transfers) and 3 or 4 pcs if you want to rent some time online.
We didn't use the pools, so can't comment on them.
The location was fine for us because we used it as a base and it was in a good place for that, handy for Rhodes Town in the car, but there didn't seem to be a great deal in the immediate vicinity and that might be an issue if you don't have a car. There is a narrow pebble beach 2 or 3 minutes walk away with sun-loungers but not a lot of other infrastructure. On the way to the beach is a bar, which I can't review because we didn't try it, a well stocked supermarket which provides all the holiday essentials and a snack bar which serves burgers, toasties and pizzas - we had a tasty pizza there on the afternoon we arrived.
Going up to the main road for those with a sweet tooth we can recommend the bakery on the corner, which isn't particularly aimed at tourists, but where we were served with large portions of baclava and kataifa with ice cream for just €4.00 for the two of us. There is a bus stop there where there is a regular service into Rhodes Town. It looks to be about a 10-minute walk back towards the airport to Kremasti itself.
If you do have a car, it is about a 20 minute drive into Rhodes Town - just follow the road into town, bear right from the coast where the one way system starts, pass the casino on your left and a few hundred metres later when the main road bears sharply right, turn left into a large car park by Mandraki Harbour - park between the white lines and it's free (park between blue lines and it's €1.50 an hour pay and display). It's a pleasant 10 minute stroll along the sea front to the Old Town from there. We spent several evenings in the Old Town as well as a full day - there's plenty there to see and do, but it's worth noting that many of the paid attractions such as museums close at 3.00pm, which we thought odd in June.
Turning right on the main road from the hotel, past the airport, it's about a 30-minute drive to Ancient Kameiros, which is well worth the visit, there are extensive remains of the ancient city. A left turn before Kameiros leads to Petaloudes, the Valley of the Butterflies, a lovely walk through a wooded valley where you can not only spot butterflies (actually they are a variety of moth) but also lizards and big fat crabs in the stream, and at the top visit a tiny but pretty church where we bought glasses of fresh orange juice and dishes of Greek yoghurt and honey and Greek doughnuts (they are like little nuts of fried dough and very moreish) - this review is beginning to sound like all we did was eat sweets, but we didn't really! If you've restrained yourself (or you're a bit greedy like us) back at the bottom of the valley is a good taverna which is apparently famous for the spaghetti and it's wood stoves - I tried the spaghetti and it was good, and you can see the wood stoves in the kitchen. The elderly chap who owns it told us he opened it in 1948.
There's been a lot of discussion about aircraft noise - we were aware how close the hotel was to the airport because I'd looked on Google Maps (the shape of the swimming pool is very distinctive) and because I could clearly see it from the window of the plane on approach! The planes are low, but it really wasn't a problem, we certainly heard the planes but didn't find they disturbed us. We weren't there much during the day, but the first plane in the morning was around 0815, and I didn't notice them flying much after 2300. Sometimes there would be 4 or 5 in half an hour, then there wouldn't be one for a while - they certainly weren't constant, but they are low. I can only say that they didn't disturb us or keep us awake.
For those like me who want to hire a car at the airport here are directions - turn left out of the airport towards Rhodes Town. At the traffic lights after about quarter of a mile turn left again (you will see that it isn't really a turn, it's actually straight on, but the main road bears right). After about another half a mile or so the carriageway splits - you will see that the opposite carriageway is on a low white bridge (Kremasti Bridge) while the northbound carriageway that you are on bears round to the right. Turn left at the junction to drive parallel to Kremasti Bridge and continue. You will pass an Eko petrol station on the left, as you approach a second Eko petrol station (next door to a bowling alley - if you pass this you've missed the turn like I did!) turn left just before the Eko station down the side of the bakery I was drooling about earlier. The Emerald Hotel is on the right about 200 metres down that road.
I can certainly imagine that we'll holiday in Rhodes again, and I'd be very happy to stay at the Emerald.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Dancing_Badger
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We stayed between 2nd - 9th June 2012. We booked this holiday as a last minute treat a week before departure. We had read some reviews so we were aware of some aircraft noise but to be honest we quite enjoyed watching the aeroplanes coming in! If you don't want aeroplane noise then you'll need to travel further from the airport!

We arrived past midnight and were checked in very quickly. We were shown to our room, which was clean and well prepared for us. The children had sofa-beds to sleep on which were plenty big enough. The apartments were well looked after during our week, cleaners came in every day and we had clean towels and bedding every few days.

When you check in the receptionist requested we left our passports which we did. We noticed that some people then left their passports in reception all week, however we collected ours the day after check in and put them in our safe. Otherwise they stay in Reception in full view of everyone and frequently unsupervised if staff are serving in the bar. We felt better having them in our possesion!

We had a room away from the bar area and overlooking the pool. A/C is extra but we took a fan with us and that was good enough. The safety deposit boxes are actually safes in the room not the reception area like in some hotels, so we paid 15 euros for the week and got the key.

The kitchen didn't have a lot of utensils however we only ate in one night so it wasn't a problem - we could have tea and toast! Take tea towels/washing up cloth if you will be eating in regularly.

The pool area is lovely. There was never any problem finding a sunbed even though the hotel was full when we were there. The umbrellas are a welcome relief from the afternoon sun! We found the bar prices to be very reasonable and with every purchase from the bar of over 2 euros you can get a code which gives you free internet access for 50 mins, which was great!

We often asked advice from staff members about different things - including how to get to Rhodes Town on the bus and they were always very helpful.

There are plenty of bars and tavernas within walking distance of the Emerald which means you could find somewhere different to eat everyday if you wanted. We ate breakfast at the Ideal Bar which was just around the corner and which was a little cheaper than the Emerald, although plenty of people stayed there to eat.

Friday night was Greek night, which we agreed to go to not quite sure what we would get but it was fab! The buffet/bbq offers a real taste of Greek food and there was loads to eat! The after-dinner dancing provided us with some fun too so we would recommend you take part.

There is supermarket just around the corner form the hotel which provided us with sufficient supplies. We did try a different one on the road to Kremasti but to be honest it wasn't worth the walk!

Overall we had a lovely relaxing break. The apartment was good, the people very friendly and the pools lovely. We would return without hesitation.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool are lovely.
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2  Thank Geraldine A
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Very good,could be better located...pools fine,staff fine,food expensive..

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2  Thank lordlucan69
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We stayed at the hotel in September last year and returned on the 19th May this year. Wonderful welcome from Maria and the two lads in the bar, Dominique & Chris.

Reading the reviews people complain of aircraft noise. It lasts for 20 seconds and because these planes are landing then the engines are throttled back. I love planes anyway but I think it very hypocritical of people who complain as that is the method they traveled to Rhodes in the first place so their plane may well have upset others.

Anyway back to the hotel. Like has been said previously, clean apartments, clean pool & pool area. Soooooo friendly family run hotel. Food is great but book early. The lads behind the bar are very attentive and Demi on the till is lovely.

Mosquitoes were a problem one night but bought a Vapona plug in unit at around 5 euros and no further problem. We left ours in room 603.

Hire a car for the day and travel to the bottom of the Island to Prasonisi and then come up the East coast. Kremasti beach is very pebbly so water shoes are required.

Go, and you will not regret it. We'll certainly return.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

Just recently stayed at this hotel in Rhodes. Lovely Hotel, lovely welcome on our arrival. All very clean and well maintained, it has it all going for it except for its location, what a terrible shame. Was told there may be soem aircraft noise....oh dear right under flight path so all the flights land over this hotel. Maybe if you had the windows closed and air con on it wouldnt be so bad. We live very close to an airport ourselves so thought it would be ok but crickey its very loud and very low aircraft most of the time. Again terrible shame. Also good taverna close by, called Ideal. Hired a ped and saw most of the island, think u need transport if you stay here. Many of the guests did say hoever that they would come back but a shade too noisy for us and perhaps they could do with some new pillows too. (like rocks) Apartments were really good tho so not all bad eh? We made the best of it and had a good week.

Room Tip: Defo need transport if staying here and ear plugs
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kerkiras 10 | Ialysos, Kremasti 851 01, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Kremasti
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kremasti
Price Range: £33 - £301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Emerald Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 76
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